Man City joined by PSG in agreeing terms with 60m Cavani… but Real Madrid are set to pounce
Sami Mokbel and John Edwards
15:30 GMT, 23 April 2013
16:10 GMT, 23 April 2013
Manchester City are closing in on in-demand Napoli frontman Edinson Cavani after agreeing in principle terms with the player over a summer move.
However, David Beckham's Paris St Germain remain in the hunt after striking up a similar deal despite neither agreeing a fee with the Uruguayan's club.
To make matters worse for City, the player himself has set his sights on a dream move to Real Madrid.
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In demand: Serie A top scorer Edinson Cavani has agreed deals in principle with Manchester City and PSG
GOAL MACHINE CAVANI
Edinson Cavani has scored 72 goals and delivered 12 assists in 100 appearances for Napoli in Serie A.
With fears mounting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be lured back to Juventus, as revealed in Sportsmail, PSG hope to hijack City’s pursuit of one of Europe’s most accomplished finishers.
Roberto Mancini is desperate to hit the ground running this summer after seeing his title chances damaged considerably last year when Robin van Persie chose Manchester United.
City, then, have agreed in principle to offer 256k per week, though there remains the barrier of his release clause, initially thought to be 53million. Recently, though, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis insisted it would take an incredible 60million to trigger it.
Getting shirty: The fight for Cavani is likely to be a long and bitter one between Europe's leading clubs
Asked to clarify the exact amount
needed to prise the 26-year-old away, the president said: ‘We included a
very high buy-out clause in his contract, because we want him to stay.
'The clause does exist, though, and if some nutter is willing to pay €70m for him we are ready to listen.'
Cavani is the top scorer in Serie A this season, with 23 goals, firing Napoli to a likely second-placed finish behind Juventus.
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His blistering form has led PSG sporting director Leonardo to work overtime behind the scenes to convince him of the Parisien project, with reports in France claiming an offer of 7million per year, plus bonuses, is on the table.
Real Madrid have been favourites to sign Cavani, but due to Ibrahimovic openly courting a return to Juve, plus fears within PSG that they could also lose Ezequiel Lavezzi to AC Milan, competition is more fierce than ever.
VIDEO Napoli frontman Cavani doing what he does best…scoring goals